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Policy and Advocacy Team Leader

Organisation : Blind Citizens Australia

Location : Australia, Online

Work type : Full-time, Contract/Temporary

Profession : Community Services, Policy & Research

Sector : Community Support Services, Disabilities

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 21 Jun, 2021

About the role

About you

You are a true leader, seeing the strengths of each team member, in a small but diverse team. You are confident in leading a team remotely – the Policy and Advocacy Team are currently spread over 3 states in Australia.

You authentically represent people who are blind or vision impaired to promote accessibility, to bring issues of importance to the table and to create change. You take initiative in setting priority areas for the organisation’s policy and advocacy work. You connect and network with the sector and community to lead BCA’s strategic campaigns and projects that improve the quality of life of people who are blind or vision impaired.

The stuff you need to know

This is a full time role, leading the Policy and Advocacy Team.

This role works closely with the General Manager of Operations, to develop and implement strategic projects and campaigns which align with current policy and advocacy priorities, in consultation with BCA members and key stakeholders.

This role provides national representation for BCA on committees and forums. As well as providing guidance to policy and advocacy staff and committee members in relation to their representation responsibilities.

Duty Statement

  • Position Title: Policy and Advocacy Team Leader
  • Duration: 12 month contract with the possibility of extension (includes a 3 month probationary period. Fair Work Australia’s )
  • The position has a national focus. The successful applicant can take advantage of flexible remote working arrangements, working from home.
  • Hours: 38 hours per week, (some weekend and evening work will be required.)
  • Salary: paid under the SCHADS Award – level 6. Superannuation contributions and salary packaging are available.
  • People with disability encouraged to apply.
  • Reporting Relationships: The position reports to the General Manager – Operations.
  • The Policy Officer, Advocacy Officer and Advocacy Projects Officer report to the position.
  • It is a requirement that all BCA staff hold a current police check.

Key Selection Criteria

  1. Highly developed written and oral communication skills.
  2. Management experience, with demonstrated ability to provide day-to-day direction to a team that works in multiple locations.
  3. Demonstrated experience of individual and systemic advocacy.
  4. Strong knowledge of policy development and implementation.
  5. Ability to work closely with and relate to people who are blind or vision impaired.
  6. Ability to work with people in a small team across multiple locations with a unity of purpose and support for all team members.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Blind Citizens Australia

About Blind Citizens Australia

Blind Citizens Australia is the national representative organisation of Australians who are blind or vision impaired.  Our mission is to achieve equity and equality by our empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet our needs.

We are a small but geographically diverse team working closely to achieve our mission. We thrive on communication, innovation, collaboration and making a difference in the lives of our members. We are a workforce made of 75% of people with disability, you will need to be comfortable working with, for and in partnership with all staff and stakeholders who are blind or vision impaired.

We enjoy supporting each other, making things happen and offer a diverse working experience.

How to apply

To apply for this position please send your resume and your response to the selection criteria (up to 2 pages) in Word format to Angela Jaeschke at using ‘Policy and Advocacy Team Leader’ in the subject line. 

For more information contact Angela Jaeschke on 1800 033 660.

Please send your application by COB Monday 21st June 2021.


Please quote in application: Policy and Advocacy Team Leader via Pro Bono Australia.



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